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Issue No. 9 — Summer 2014    parents.rice.edu 

A Message from Dean Hutchinson 

Summer at Rice is a chance for us all to catch our breath. An academic year feels like a marathon that ends in a sprint, and I hope that all of our students, faculty and staff take some time to reflect before the new academic year begins.

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News Around Campus 



Believe in the possible: Highlights from Rice's 101st Commencement 

Rice's 101st Commencement featured an inspiring address from one of the world's 100 most powerful women, Helen Gayle, in addition to student speakers and the conferral of 1,896 degrees, including 986 undergraduate and undergraduate professional degrees and 910 graduate (master's and Ph.D.) degrees.



Unconventional Students at Rice (videos) 

Last spring, we were fortunate to capture brief videos profiling the journeys of some seniors as they look back on their unconventionally rewarding time at Rice. Included are students who turned LEGOs or coffee into careers, the star athlete whose proudest accomplishment as an Owl didn't happen on the court, and the bioengineering major who also is a talented artist. See the complete playlist.

Student Life 



Spotlight on Residential Colleges: Will Rice and Hanszen 

Bridget Gorman, master of William M. Rice (Will Rice) College, and Rob and Ann McAdam Griffin, masters of Hanszen College, tell us their favorite things about their respective colleges. Discover why "sweeping" is a way of life for Will Ricers and what unique contributions Hanszenites have made to student life at Rice.



Academic Advising: Year in Review 

Academic advising at Rice is a community effort involving a network of faculty advisors, college masters, divisional advisors and 100 peer academic advisors who, among their many accomplishments, hosted academic planning sessions in the spring and fall. Learn how our advisors are providing an unparalleled environment for students.



Rice students put global health design to the test in Malawi 

Beyond Traditional Borders combines rigorous engineering design with hands-on experience, challenging Rice students to design healthcare technology for low-resource settings, then work with doctors and nurses who partner with the BTB program to help patients in the developing world.

Parent Involvement 



Take a Costa Rica family adventure with the Traveling Owls 

The Rice Traveling Owls invites you to celebrate the New Year with us and discover a variety of wildlife, lush lowland rain forests and pristine beaches on our Costa Rica Family Adventure Dec. 26, 2014-Jan. 3, 2015. Learn more about this exclusive trip designed for Rice families.



Student Send-Off events hosted around U.S. this July 

Rice alumni, parents and friends are gathering in cities this month to celebrate the incoming Class of 2018 and send them off to Rice in style. All are welcome to attend, but time is running out. Check the calendar at alumni.rice.edu to see if a send-off party near you is happening soon.

Mark your calendar! Rice Families Weekend - September 18-21, 2014.